Campus: CSU Los Angeles -- November 02, 2001
Cal State L.A. Awarded $300,000 Three-Year NSF Grant
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently awarded
a three-year grant of $300,000 to California State University, Los Angeles
for a project entitled "Science Technology Engineering Program (STEP)
Up for Youth--ASCEND."
The award, effective October 8, 2001 through September 30, 2004, was awarded
under the National Science Foundation's division of Elementary, Secondary
and Informal Education. CSU Trustee Professor Jewel Plummer Cobb is the
principal investigator of the STEP Up for Youth--ASCEND project at Cal
State L.A. Under Dr. Cobb's direction, Jackie Ramos, a Cal State L.A.
social work alumna, will manage this project-an outreach effort in the
East Los Angeles community at the Centro Maravilla Service Center. The
project enables the University to conduct informal science activities
in the community for middle school students and their families.
Dr. Cobb began her distinguished career as an academic administrator in
1969. While dean of Connecticut College, she held the post of professor
of zoology and continued her oncology research. Between 1976 and 1981,
she became professor of biology and dean of Douglass College of Rutgers,
the State University of New Jersey. As president of the California State
University, Fullerton from 1981 to 1990, she created the first privately-funded
gerontology center in Orange County, established new academic opportunities
for ethnic students, and successfully lobbied the California Legislature
for new student housing on the Fullerton campus. In commemoration of her
achievements at Fullerton, a campus dormitory bears her name. Cobb was
a recipient of the 1999 Achievement in Excellence Award by the Board of
Trustees of the Center for Excellence in Education. Dr. Cobb was presented
the award for her contributions to science and education.
A President Emerita of CSU Fullerton, Dr. Cobb currently serves as a Trustee
Professor of the California State University system and is a member of
the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. She has
also served on several corporate boards. She was formerly the principal
investigator of the ACCESS Center at Cal State L.A., a program designed
to encourage economically disadvantaged middle and high school students
to pursue careers in mathematics, the sciences and engineering.
For more information on the grant project, call Jackie Ramos at Cal State
L.A., (323) 260-2817.